Documenting Surveillance Projects: Bluebeam Revu

Author: IPVM Team, Published on Aug 02, 2013

In the construction industry, the PDF file is king. Everything from RFPs to close-out documents are generated in PDF so they can be easily and quickly distributed electronically. However, being able to effectively markup, estimate from, and manage all of these construction PDF files can be limited and cumbersome with most PDF editors or readers. Sharing PDF documents with applications such as Dropbox, Skydrive and Google Drive is effective but leaves a lot to be desired when collaborating on a project with others when it comes to tracking and managing changes or revisions.

In this note, we examine one option from Bluebeam, called Revu, that is being used to solve some of these problems.

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Comments (10)

Nice review. This is IPVM rounding itself out to ecompass more aspects of the security field beyond just the latest camera review.

I USE THIS APP EVERY DAY!! it is awesome

I have been using Microsoft Visio for this type of design for many years. Simple, inexpesnsive and well supported, with lots of symbols libraries. One thing I did not see mentioned was the format of the floor plan used in the demo video. With Visio, I can send out CCTV designs in Visio, PDF, JPEG, AutoCAD, and many more formats.

The floor plan was in PDF. Layout is just one of the many features of Bluebeam. It does a lot of other things that Visio doesn't. Give the 30-day free evaluation a try.

Great review! Never heard of this technology until now. Really suprised you could get the iPad version for 10$, whereas you have to dish out 179$ for the standard kit to use on a windows tablet.

I started using Bluebeam at our office 5 years ago and now the entire office uses it. it's extremely easy to use and most staff can perform the basics within minutes. We made our own symbols library and have different colours by category...alarm, CCTV , access control and the clients and techs love it.

I freakin love bluebeam. That, along with the large format printer we acquired this year have drastically improved our process.

We also use it for support documentation/submittals. I end up creating fairly lengthy notes for each item (make/model, wire used, headend location, static IP, switch port, etc).

Visio in combination with Autocad *. Dwg reviewer for scaling wire runs works very well. Make up your own Visio item stencils with any color you wish. Scale your print outs to any size you like.

Excellent tool. I use it daily.

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